By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp will rest his first team players during the international break following their 6-1 win against Watford but has organised a behind-closed-doors friendly to give Joe Gomez playing time.
The Liverpool boss admitted the intensity of the Premier League schedule is a concern and he wants to give his table-topping first team players a rest.
The majority of the Reds’ squad will be on international duty so Klopp claimed it would be “pointless” to carry put a full training session though he revealed there would be a friendly match in which Gomez is expected to feature.
“We know about the fixtures, the intensity of the next few months. Each possibility for a little break, you have to use. That’s what we have to do,” said Klopp, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
“A real training session does not make sense with five or six players. A few days off and then we’ll start again. We will try to have a game behind closed doors. The result of that won’t be important but it’s an opportunity for us to give players match time.”
Gomez has not featured for 13 months after picking up a serious knee injury just seven games into his Liverpool career and then suffered further set-backs on his way to recovery.
The young defender returned to full training on 14th October and will hope to play his first unofficial game since being allowed back onto the training pitch.
Liverpool have 12 senior players on international duty including Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as well as England stars Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge.
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